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DIY Sushi

Friday, January 21st, 2011

My introduction to sushi was like most Californians’: California roll after California roll after California roll.. boring! It wasn’t until my Freshman year in college that I truly understood why my friend Becky would say sushi was like a “party in my mouth!” To me, sushi is all about bold, complex flavors coming together, in hopes to create a sense of umami. For years I had been itching to recreate this experience in my own kitchen, but always felt like it would be too much work or that I did not have the right materials, etc. Last night I decided it was time, and I came to find that it was super easy, fun, and surprisingly time consuming, but oh-so-worth-it!

The first thing to pay attention to is the rice. You want to use a very short grain of white rice. Once cooked, you mix the rice with rice vinegar and some optional sesame oil for added flavor. Any nori will do. (Ignore price differences; they will all get the job done). Other that that, make sure that you have a few yummy fixings to fill your sushi with. At home, I personally wouldn’t bother with fish, and besides, there is a plethora of delicious options that do not include fish. Otherwise, make sure to ensure the quality (sushi grade) and freshness of your fish.

Here are 5 tasty, fish free, pairing ideas:

  1. bbq baked tofu, mashed sweet potato with butter/brown sugar/salt/pepper/roasted garlic, and shallot
  2. sheshuan baked tofu, carrot, cucumber, and apple
  3. teryaki baked tofu, pineapple, roast red pepper, and cucumber
  4. cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, and sesame seeds
  5. hoisin baked tofu, shredded ginger, and orange slices